Get Informed, Get Involved & Help Us Put a Stop To Female Genital Mutilation and Honour Based Violence
The Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act was passed in 1985 but, 30 years on and despite much protest, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) continues to take place in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.
To help raise awareness and put a stop to this excruciating, distressing and sometimes fatal practice, the Community Ambassador Programme presents iCAN: Get Informed, Get Involved. This is an exciting chance for you to get informed, get involved, have your say and make a stand against female abuse.
This event will take place on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at Empress State Building, London between 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Registration is essential due to security.
This information rich evening will take an in-depth look at how the MPS are taking steps to tackle this global problem. In addition, they will be examining how they can collaborate more effectively to increase awareness of this issue and eliminate this practice, so that no-one has to live at risk of FGM or honour based violence.
FGM – The Facts
FGM is defined as all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO). It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision and continues to reflect a lingering deep-rooted inequality, constituting an outdated and extreme form of discrimination against women and girls.
This horrifying practice violates the women and girls subject to it including; the rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the ultimate right to life for when this procedure results in death.
FGM is illegal in the UK.
Even more worryingly, 2800 incidents of ‘honour’ based violence were reported to police across the UK last year. Honour based violence is hard to define but it continues to affect thousands of people each year, many of whom will suffer high levels of abuse which include acid attacks, abduction, mutilations and beatings; before they seek help. Sadly, many of these forms of abuse are disguised as accidents or suicides by the family.
How Can You Help?
The MPS remain committed to supporting girls and women who are at risk of FGM or honour based violence, through increased reporting and prosecutions. To help us raise awareness, make a stand and eradicate all forms of violence against women, then book your place now and join us to create a powerful stand against this barbaric practice.